In 1952, he recorded the following songs: "La Ultima Copa" (The Last Cup), a tango recorded as a bolero (and one of several such crossover hits Rodríguez and others recorded), "Golondrina Viajera", "Los Reyes no Llegaron" (The Three Wise Men did not Arrive), a poignant Christmas song written by Esteban Taronjí, and, "Esta Navidad" (This Christmas), all of which became hits and are now considered as classics in Puerto Rico. Later years, In the 1980s, Rodriguez continued to record and had hits with "Por Primera Vez" (1983) (For the First Time) and "Juntos otra Vez" (1986) (Together Again). In 1987, he was able to realize one of his dreams when he performed at the Luis A. Ferre Center for Performing Arts in San Juan. In the 1990s, Rodriguez continued to be active as a singer and when not singing he would be at the recording studio producing. He suffered a fall from a step ladder in his Carolina, P.R. home, which hurt his back. Eventually the fall complicated with a pneumonia and contributed to his death. Felipe "La Voz" Rodriguez died on May 26, 1999 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Legacy, The city of Caguas named the main auditorium of its own Center for Performing Arts as the Felipe Rodriguez Hall. A book written by music historian Pedro Malavet Vega "La Vellonera esta directa" has been written, chiefly about Rodriguez's life, and using his career trajectory as a backdrop and timetable for many other cultural and sociological events that occurred in Puerto Rico between the late 1940s and early 1960s.